Autumn 2007


Commodore's Writes

AGM and Prize Giving

Annual Dinner

Bewl Water

Bodgit Gondola


Dinghy Show


Homes Wanted

HSC Regatta - Richard

HSC Regatta - Tony

Laugh at Really Serious

Lord of the Rings

Musical Quiz


Raffle Donations

Safety boats

Sailing after End Year

SigneT Open Meeting

Skittles Night


Twilight Cruise

Water Everywhere

Working Party 29 July

Working Party 6 Oct


SigneT Open Meeting at AQSC – 2 September 2007

I think this was the third SigneT Open to be run at AQSC. The three qualifying races were run alongside our normal Sunday racing with the SigneT results being extracted from the overall placings.

Three visitor dinghies joined three AQSC SigneT’s for this the penultimate open of the year. The last will be at Ferry Meadows later this month.

AQSC boats included ST858 (The Saint) helmed by Roy Melsom and crewed by Madeline Hatton, ST368 (June) helmed by Richard Cannon and crewed by Rob Britton and ST369 (Over Easy) helmed by Mike Baker and crewed by Keith Hatton.

The visitor boats were ST192 helmed by Simon Mann and crewed by Stephen Whiteside, ST914 Helmed by Pat Overs and crewed by Johnathan Leeding and ST690 helmed by Lizzie Overs and crewed by Hanna Whiteside.

The weather was a mixture of sun and cloud with the wind from the West at typically 3 occasionally gusting 4. The OOD was Nigel Knowles, AOD was Anne Bond and patrol boat was Pete Carpenter. The course was an upstream start to the Port upstream windward mark then a long run, with or without spinnaker, to the Port downstream mark then back up to a Port and Stbd dog leg set across the river at 25 yards downstream of the start line. Virtually the entire course was visible from the club’s patio which was appreciated by the ‘non sailing’ contingent made up of both SigneT and AQSC folks.

Richard Cannon gave the briefing just prior to the first race stressing, to the visitors, some of the peculiarities of sailing on the river; the amount of non-sailing traffic being of particular concern for those not used to it. He also explained that AQSC boats would also be competing over the same course with the same start.

Race 1 -  Started at 11:30 and ST368, ST858 and ST369 quickly established a significant lead over the other boats. Indeed by the end of the race, an hour later, some had been lapped by the leading dinghies. The finishing order was ST368, St858, ST369, ST914, ST192 and ST690

A lunch BBQ was well underway by the time the crews came ashore provided by Nigel, Pat Shore and Liz Archer. Pete opened up the bar and there was quite a bit of discussion on how river sailing differed from our visitors usual venues.

Race 2 – Started at 13:30 and was a virtual re-run of Race 1 with the addition of a ST690 capsize. The finishing order was ST368, ST858, ST369, ST914, ST192 and ST690

Race 3 – Started at 15:15 but this time Simon Mann in ST192 had a good start and was first around the windward mark. Gradually however Richard Cannon in ST368 and Roy Melsom in ST858 had overhauled him by lap two; then started a battle royal between Simon in ST192 and yours truly in ST369. Over several laps the boats were never more than a few yards apart.

The lead between these two changed hands several times but was finally sorted when the boats came together on opposite tacks right in front of the clubhouse. Simon called Starboard and ST369 failed to turn fast enough. The two boats were locked together for a moment before ST192 managed to brake free. ST369 executed the required two turned penalty and set off in pursuit.

Meanwhile ST690 capsized yet again as the result of a violent gybe. At the final mark ST192 and ST369 were neck and neck but as they approached the line ST192 had established a boat lengths lead which was all he needed to take third place. It was a great sail and enjoyed by both crews. The finishing order was ST368, ST858, ST192, ST369, ST690 and ST914

Tea and cakes were served after the last race and while the visitors started to pack-up Richard and Liz worked out the final results. The prize giving was held on the patio. Nigel Knowles (AQSC Commodore) thanked everybody for coming and invited Richard to announce the results which were as follows:-

6th ST690 Welsh Lady Paxton Lakes SC 11 pts.

5th ST914 Plop Paxton Lakes SC 8 pts.

4th ST192 Bobbadee Royal Eng YC 8 pts.

3rd ST369 Over Easy Aquarius SC 6 pts.

2nd ST858 The Saint Aquarius SC 4 pts.

1st ST368 June Aquarius SC 2 pts.

Congratulations to Richard and Rob who won all three races and the Hawker Hunter Aileron Bracket (a throwback to Hawker SC days) which was presented by AQSC Presidents wife Joan Bray.

Before everybody drifted away Pat reminded the ‘SigneT’s’ that the last open of the year would be on 16 September at Ferry Meadows preceded by a committee meeting, the afternoon before, at Chez Overs.

I thought the day was a great success. Past opens at AQSC have been blighted by indifferent conditions to the point where Richard and I were quite concerned about even holding the event on our patch. We needn’t have worried, it was as near perfect as you can get for sailing on the river and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, which, at the end of the day is what it’s all about.

Mike (Over Easy) Baker

Preparing for the start of the first race

Preparing for the start of the first race